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A forbidden peek at young James and Sirius

J.K. Rowling's 800 word prequel to the Harry Potter story, which she wrote for charity and which sold at auction for $50,000, was posted online last month by UK bookstore Waterstone's. You can read it online or see it in J.K.'s own hand here.

In this brief glimpse of a story, James and Sirius are being chased, and run afoul of the muggle police. Who was chasing them? And does their nonchalance with the muggle police give us an insight to James' upbringing? Did he possibly have a muggle childhood like Hermione?

Read the prequel, and tell us what you think!

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Reader Comments: (Page 13)

Charlus Potter and Dorea Black was probably the parents of James, I reckon. They are mentioned in the Black family tree. As far as I know, JK told that James was an extra treasure to his parents because he born at their elderly age. Dorea Black (1920-1977) was 40 when James born at 1960. So, I think she was James' mother. JK also told that James' parents d normally, not ed by Voldemort.

Posted by Maximus from Godric's Hollow on September 25, 2009 05:11 AM

oh tht was good y isnt she working on she coul make like seven more book but from the maureders (dont mind the spelling) POV

Posted by luna lovegood from toronto on November 22, 2009 1:47 PM

"I don't think James was brought up by Muggles, because he was a pure blood."

Just because he's pure blood doesn't mean anything though. His parents could have raised him in the Muggle world in order for him to fit in.

About the tshirts:

"Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird; the emblem, no doubt, of some deafening, tuneless rock band."

I think this means that the shirts represent a Quidditch team. It'd make sense, right?

Posted by Jason on November 23, 2009 5:42 PM

I'm guessing that they were probably out of school. Otherwise they wouldn't have been able to use magic. I'm guessing approximately near 18-19 years of age.

And from what the hints towards James and Sirius in all the books (and their daring school years) they probably (and seem to) find the muggle police a joke, I mean... they ARE wizards. What can a muggle do?

A note on the shirt symbol... "large golden bird". Has no one even thought of the fact that griffins (in folklore, which JKR uses often) have wings? They appear like birds with the bos of lions. And considering the stress and confusion in which the officer was in he probably didn't notice the finer details of the shirt. Would you?

Just a couple suggestions:)

Posted by Mandy from NA on January 29, 2010 12:18 PM

Please do it!

Posted by Donya from CA on April 8, 2010 6:32 PM

I really don't care for this version of Dumbledore. He comes off as being too cold, and uncaring, unlike the previous one, played by Richard Harris.

Posted by Mac Wildstar from Grand Rapids, Mich on April 26, 2010 09:05 AM

The bird was a Phoenix because it says they went back to James's house, into the basement to their group. "we're just five school friends who got together to form a rock band". "I told you we shouldn't have made shirts". Their 'rock band' was called the GOLDEN PHEONIX!

Posted by Nalani from Chuluota, FL on July 29, 2010 07:08 AM

Does anyone know for sure how closely related James and Sirius are? I know Sirius is related to Molly and Arthur not very distantly, but I don't think it ever comes up in the books.

Posted by jojo from MA on August 5, 2010 3:08 PM

thats crazy......! i never tried eating moose but it something that am looking forward to eating it... any way have anyone heard about the book call topher's world it really good... its for never know how good it is until you read it!

Posted by mya from new york on August 6, 2010 1:45 PM

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